Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 11, 2019)

January 11, 2019 Location: Guatemala Event: Various organizations announced today, January 11, that demonstrations and roadblocks will occur throughout Guatemala over the coming days. Expect heavy traffic and blocked roads throughout Guatemala City and in other areas in the country resulting in multiple hour delays. We do not have specific information relating to start or ...
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Actions Against Venezuela’s Corrupt Regime

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary POMPEO January 10, 2019 The United States condemns Maduro’s illegitimate usurpation of power today following the unfree and unfair elections he imposed on the Venezuelan people on May 20, 2018. The United States remains steadfast in its support of the Venezuelan people and will continue to use ...
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On the Fight against Corruption in Guatemala

REF# 2019–01 The United States is concerned about the future of anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala. Rule of law, reduced corruption, and an end to impunity are key to security, stability, and prosperity, not only in Guatemala, but throughout the region.  The U.S. government remains committed to supporting Guatemalan institutions and the Guatemalan people in their ongoing ...
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The construction of the new U.S. Embassy generated more than 450 Guatemalan Jobs in 2018

REF# 2018-63 Guatemala City Mayor Ricardo Quiñónez and Charge D’Affaires David Hodge visited the construction site of the U.S. New Embassy Compound (NEC) in zone 16, to see progress since construction began on April 4.  In these 8 months, the NEC Project has contributed $12.7 million to date in the local economy and 450 Guatemalan ...
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United States Action to Confront Illegal Immigration

Statement by Secretary Pompeo U.S. Department of State Today the United States Government announced historic action to confront the illegal immigration crisis facing the United States. We notified the Government of Mexico that the United States is invoking Section 235(b)(2)(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  We will begin implementation immediately. Individuals arriving in the United ...
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The U.S. Strategy for Central America and Southern Mexico

Office of the Spokesperson U.S. Department of State The United States, in partnership with the government of Mexico, is committed to promoting a safer and more prosperous Central America by enhancing security, governance, and economic prosperity that can create greater opportunities and benefits for the people of the region and help us jointly address the ...
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Ambassador Arreaga participated in Alliance for Prosperity Plan meeting

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the meeting of the Consultative Group of the Alliance for Prosperity Plan convened by Commissioner Asturias of Pronacom, which brought together representatives of the Government of Guatemala, the private sector, civil society, and the international community. During his participation, the Ambassador highlighted the pillars on which the US Strategy focuses: ...
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Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson December 11, 2018 Loy Henderson Auditorium Washington, D.C. DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you very much. Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Nathan, for that kind introduction. It’s my pleasure to welcome you all – esteemed ministers, colleagues, and guests – to this important discussion on counterterrorism in the ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission participated in the closing ceremony of WeAmericas

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge participated in the closing event of the 2nd. generation of the WEAmericas Accelerator program in Antigua Guatemala, which promotes the growth potential of Central American entrepreneur companies. The U.S. State Department invests US $ 2.2 million in WeAmericas through the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, benefiting entrepreneurs from Guatemala, ...
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Human Rights Day

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson  Statement by Secretary Pompeo December 10, 2018 Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Emerging from a world war that shocked humanity with its cruelty, the sovereign nations of the world united to specify those rights that are inherent to all ...
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Ambassador Arreaga and Mayor Quiñónez present the “Prosperous Neighborhood” program

Ambassador Arreaga and Mayor Quiñónez met to reaffirm the cooperative relationship between the Municipality of Guatemala and U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) with the launching of the Prosperous Neighborhood program and the signing of a letter of understanding between both institutions. This program will focus on strengthening communities ...
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Next Level Program

The Arts Envoy program of the U.S. Department of State with the support from U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) in Guatemala and the Municipality of Villa Nueva, organized 7 days of multidisciplinary workshops “Next Level” in dance, graffiti, DJ, and Rap with young people from marginal areas of ...
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International Anticorruption Day

Statement by Secretary Pompeo December 7, 2018 Corruption facilitates transnational crime, fuels terrorism, obstructs economic growth and development, weakens the rule of law, and undermines democracy. Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on December 9, we pledge to continue working with our partners to ...
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Medical Readiness Training Exercise in Retalhuleu

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and US Major General Mark H. Berry, together with authorities of the Guatemalan Army, visited the Medical Readiness Training Exercise that both countries are carrying out in the department of Retalhuleu. The Arkansas National Guard together with the Army and Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare of Guatemala provided primary care ...
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The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Wednesday, December 5

REF# 2018-57 December 4, 2018 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in remembrance of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.  Visa appointments for this day have been rescheduled.  For additional instructions about rescheduling a visa appointment, please check your email or contact the consular services helpline ...
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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Statement by Secretary Pompeo November 23, 2018 Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually. Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence. The Unites States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, from domestic and ...
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Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits representative

U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 4, 5, 6, and 7, 2018) Location: INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) building – 7a. Ave. 1-17, Zone 4 – First Floor Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits representative Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit located in San Jose, Costa Rica, will visit Guatemala ...
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Ambassador Arreaga and Commissioner Asturias visited Huehuetenango

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Commissioner Victor Asturias of Pronacom visited Huehuetenango to learn about several of the projects of the United States Embassy in the region. One of them is the Centro para Jóvenes en Aguacatán, where USAID Guatemala and its World Vision partners provide learning opportunities in basic and technological education. They had the ...
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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

November 19, 2018 Location: Escuintla, Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez, Guatemala Event: On Sunday, November 18, Fuego Volcano erupted for the fifth time in 2018.  The new eruption has generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of Barranca Seca and Santa Teresa. Strong explosions have generated ashes up to height of 17,060 ...
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Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of The United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary November 9, 2018 By The President Of The United States Of America A PROCLAMATION The United States expects the arrival at the border between the United States and Mexico (southern border) of a substantial number of aliens primarily from Central America who appear to have no lawful ...
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President Donald J. Trump is upholding the rule of law and ensuring consequences for those who illegally cross our border

“Illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum. Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry” – President Donald J. Trump PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY: President Donald J. Trump will take action to ensure asylum is not ...
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Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker Statement on DHS-DOJ Asylum Regulation

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Public Affairs November 8, 2018 WASHINGTON — Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen and Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker released the following statement on the joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice asylum regulation: “Consistent with our immigration laws, the President has the ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

October 31, 2018 Location: Tecun Uman and Huehuetenango  Event:  Due to ongoing migrant caravans transiting through Guatemala the U.S. Embassy has reduced all official and personal travel to Tecun Uman and Huehuetenango.  The Embassy is monitoring ongoing caravans through Guatemala, and remains concerned about increased risk of travel blockages, political instability, and criminal activity.  Additionally, ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – Migrant Caravan

October 21, 2018 The United States is closely following the migrant caravan, in which thousands of migrants from Honduras and other countries continue to make a dangerous journey through Guatemala and into Mexico. Many migrants are attempting to transit these countries and in the process are violating their sovereignty, their laws, and their procedures. As ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the caravan of migrants and their meeting with the president of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Mexico City International Airport, Mexico October 19, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: I just wanted to give you a little bit of a readout on my meeting with President Pena Nieto. It was a good conversation. We are jointly very focused on the caravanthat is making its way through. The Mexican Government ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Hodge visited Casa del Migrante

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge visited the Casa del Migrante in Guatemala City to speak directly with families who are attempting an extremely dangerous trip to the United States. He emphasized what President Donald J. Trump said yesterday: “Anyone who enters the United States illegally will be arrested and detained before being deported.” TheDeputy Chief ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

October 12, 2018 Location: Huehuetenango  Event:  There are reports of ongoing violence in Ixquisis, San Mateo Ixtatan, Huehuetenango Department.   As a precaution, officially approved travel is required for Embassy personnel to travel to the Huehuetenango Department.  Embassy operations are normal. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. October 11, 2018 THE VICE PRESIDENT: Secretary, thank you for your hospitality this morning and for the outstanding leadership that you have brought to your role as Secretary of State for the United States of America. To President Hernandez, to President ...
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Commemoration of International Day of the Girl

Mrs. Mary Arreaga shared the International Day of the Girl with girls from the El Refugio de la Niñez Protection Center, a project supported by USAID Guatemala as part of our commitment in the fight against trafficking in persons and protection of the full development of girls. We commemorate this day, recognizing the important work of ...
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Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Judiciary

As part of our support for the Justice System, U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl. Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) and the Judicial Branch of Guatemala, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the participation of Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge and OJ President José Pineda Barales. This memorandum seeks to support the courts to ...
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Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 1, 2018) Location: San Marcos Event: Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in San Marcos on October 16 and 17.  Please schedule an appointment if you wish to submit an application for ...
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Visit of Congress Representatives Byrne, Bordallo, and Torres to Guatemala

U.S. Congress Representatives Bradley Byrne, Madeleine Bordallo, and Norma Torres visited Guatemala and, together with Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga, met with Attorney General Consuelo Porras at the Public Ministry of Guatemala, where they received a guided tour of the Prosecutor’s Office Against Extortion. Since the creation of this office in 2017, the U.S. has supported ...
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Remarks by President Trump To the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 25, 2018 THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this grand hall. I addressed the threats facing our world, and I presented ...
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United States Continues To Assist Venezuelans in Need

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 25, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence announced today at the 73rd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, NY, more than $48 million in additional humanitarian U.S. assistance for Venezuelans affected by the man-made crisis in Venezuela. This funding will help provide ...
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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan Individuals and Entities

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 25, 2018 Today, the United States imposed sanctions on four current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela: First Lady and Former Attorney General Cilia Adela Flores de Maduro, Executive Vice President Delcy Eloina Rodriguez Gomez, Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Jesus Rodriguez Gomez, ...
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SaborUSA presented several leading U.S. products to the local market

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga shared with hundreds of Guatemalans the successful SaborUSA experience, which presented several leading U.S. products to the local market, as part of the close commercial relationship between the U.S. and Guatemala. During the event, the official toured different stands in which he showed the fusion of the talent of prominent Guatemalan ...
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Art in the Embassies Program

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga and his wife Mary Arreaga celebrated the importance of Art in a cultural exchange at the official residence as part of the Art in the Embassies program from the U.S. Department of State, that creates an intercultural dialogue on mutual understanding through Visual Arts and the dynamic exchange of artists. The ...
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Visit the exhibition SaborUSA!

Live an extraordinary taste experience with great recipes prepared by Guatemalan chefs, with the best products from the United States. The Department of Agriculture USDA Guatemala, in collaboration with different partners and importers of North American products, presents this event to offer a tour of different dishes of the American culture. We walk the flavors ...
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Meeting with LGBTI Organizations

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge met with leaders who advocate for the Human Rights of LGBTI people in Guatemala, representatives of organizations such as Visibles, Rednads, Lambda Association, CAS, Oasis Guatemala, Trans-Formation Collective and the Human Rights Ombudsman. During this meeting, theDeputy Chief of Mission emphasized that we all have the right to live ...
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Inauguration of the Emergency Operations Center

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the Emergency Operations Center of Conred with the support of Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. The U.S. contributed US $ 150,000 to build the new decision-making room of said center, which will be used by the Emergency Council of the Government of Guatemala in case of ...
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U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

September 14, 2018 Location: Coban, Alta Verapaz Event: Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting for the American Community residing or traveling in Coban.  Embassy staff and consular officers will provide information of interest and will also be available to answer inquiries regarding American Citizen services provided in Guatemala.  Although ...
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Guatemala’s Independence Day

Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 14, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the people of Guatemala on your celebration of 197 years of independence on September 15. The United States remains committed to working together with the Guatemalan people to increase prosperity and improve security and governance in Guatemala.  ...
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National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2018

The White House Office of the Press Secretary September 13, 2018 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor all American citizens of Hispanic descent and celebrate their rich and vibrant traditions of faith, family, hard work, and patriotism. We are grateful for the innumerable contributions ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 11, 2018)

Location: Guatemala City Event:  Large-scale demonstrations of tens of thousands of participants are expected on September 12, 2018, in Guatemala City.  Demonstrators plan to meet at several locations within the city and march towards Congress in zone 1.  The reported gathering locations include the Obelisco in zone 10, Trébol in zone 11, Metro Norte in ...
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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokerson Statement by Secretary Pompeo September 10, 2018 Tomorrow we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Tomorrow also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, ...
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Patriot Day, 2018 – By the President of The United States of America – A Proclamation

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 10, 2018 On Patriot Day, we honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 precious lives we lost on September 11, 2001, and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety and our freedom.  We come together, today, to recall this ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 6, 2018) Location: Guatemala City Event:  There are unconfirmed reports of large-scale demonstrations and roadblocks to begin in and around Guatemala City over the coming days.  There are confirmed reports that as many as 1000 public medical providers and others plan to march from ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Guatemala President Jimmy Morales

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo called Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales today. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ support for Guatemalan sovereignty. They discussed the importance of continuing our cooperation in the fight against corruption and impunity and the ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 1, 2018) Location: Guatemala City Event: Demonstrations are planned to begin today at 3:00 p.m. in front of the National Palace in Zone 1. U.S. Embassy operations are normal unless otherwise announced. ​Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and remain aware of ...
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The United States Closely Monitors Use of Equipment Donated for Law Enforcement Purposes

REF# 2018-45 Since 2013 the United States Government has donated 148 Jeep J8 vehicles to the Government of Guatemala. These vehicles were donated for law enforcement use by the Interagency Task Forces Tecun Uman, Chorti, and Xinca for the purpose of combatting criminal activity and narcotics trafficking, with a focus on Guatemala’s borders. Several of ...
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Security Alert – U.S Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – August 31, 2018

Location: Guatemala City Event: Protests are scheduled to occur today at Constitutional Plaza, CICIG, and possibly Parque Central in Antigua, following President Jimmy Morales’ announcement that the government of Guatemala will not renew the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).  U.S. Embassy operations are normal unless otherwise announced.  Actions to take: ...
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The United States is Committed to Fighting Corruption and Impunity

REF# 2018-44 The United States is aware of the Guatemalan Government’s decision not to renew the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala’s (CICIG) mandate to operate in Guatemala.  As many senior U.S. officials have stated, we believe that CICIG is an effective and important partner in fighting impunity, improving governance, and holding the corrupt accountable ...
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How does the U.S. support the Alliance for Prosperity Plan?

The United States Strategy for Central America (Strategy) is a bipartisan multiannual plan of the US Government. UU that promotes institutional reform and addresses development challenges. The Strategy aims to protect American citizens by addressing the security, governance and economic factors that drive illegal immigration and illicit trafficking, as well as increasing opportunities for US ...
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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Hotline for Questions regarding Family Reunifications

FAMILY REUNIFICATION HOTLINE (overseas): +001 646-478-1560 Toll Free Number Calling from the United States: 888-582-2853 Family members, legal representatives and others with questions about family reunification may call this hotline established by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Steering Committee, related to a lawsuit in the United States regarding the reunification of immigrant families ...
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Visit of guitarist Randall Zwally

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the concert offered by professor and guitarist Randall Zwally as an initiative to share the history and culture of the United States, and inspire young people to find in art a tool of prosperity. Young people from zone 21 that are part of the ensemble of guitars of the Municipality ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala, August 22, 2018 Location: Sacatepequez, Escuintla, Guatemala City  Event:The government of Guatemala recently reopened highway RN-14 that has been closed since Volcano Fuego erupted.  RN-14 connects Antigua to Escuintla. However, the U.S. Embassy has restricted its personnel from traveling on RN-14 due to the poor state of the road and threats of additional lahars ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location: Guatemala City Event: There is potential for an uptick in gang violence throughout the month of August.  As a preventative measure, the police have increased random checkpoints, traffic stops and vehicle searches throughout Guatemala City.  August 15 is the anniversary of a 2005 gang war between Barrio 18 and MS-13, and gang members could ...
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Sesame Street in Escuintla

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Mrs. Arreaga attended the workshop given by the Sesame Street Foundation, aimed at the victims of the Volcán de Fuego tragedy, which took place at the UNICEF shelter, located at the Armando Barillas National Stadium in Escuintla. Elmo, Lola, Abby and the Cookie Monster traveled to Guatemala to share with survivors ...
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The United States Embassy condemns the murder of Juana Raimundo

REF# 2018-41 In response to the murder of human rights activist and indigenous leader Juana Raimundo, the Embassy of the United States of America reiterates its strong condemnation of the series of violent attacks and killings targeting human rights defenders. We renew our call to Guatemalan authorities for a timely and thorough investigation into these ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on Nicaragua

The White House Office of the Press Secretary The United States strongly condemns the ongoing violence in Nicaragua and human rights abuses committed by the Ortega regime in response to protests. After years of fraudulent elections and the regime’s manipulation of Nicaraguan law – as well as the suppression of civil society, opposition parties, and independent ...
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“Denuncia La Trata” campaign launch with USAID Guatemala support

On the World Day Against Trafficking, Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the launch of the “Denuncia La Trata” campaign accompanied by representatives of the Human Rights Ombudsman, the Judicial Branch of Guatemala, the Public Prosecutor of Guatemala, the PGN Guatemala, SVET and the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. Guatemala is a place of origin, ...
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Travel Advisory for Guatemala

REF#2018-40 July 27, 2018 The State Department released an update on July 27 to its Travel Advisory for Guatemala originally published on January 10, 2018.  The updated Advisory lowered the Advisory level for Guatemala from a Level 3 to a Level 2, Exercise Increased Caution due to crime.  The State Department also recommends U.S. citizens ...
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SPMAGTF Task Force in Petén

Ambassador Luis Arreaga traveled to Petén and Belize in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter that is part of the vehicles used by theSPMAGTF Task Force organized by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) for the humanitarian assistance exercises carried out in the country together with other partners in the region. Part of the bilateral cooperation actions focused ...
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College fair organized by EducationUSA

Dozens of young people participated in the Alumni College Fair 2018 organized by EducationUSA Guatemala with the commitment to promote new opportunities for higher education to boost the prosperity of young people. More than 20 American universities presented their study plans, registration processes and programs for international students in which Guatemalan youth can participate. USA ...
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Ambassador spoke with youth from the Altiplano who participate in USAID Guatemala projects

Ambassador Luis Arreaga spoke with young people from the Altiplano who participate in different USAID Guatemala projects who shared their challenges, aspirations and perspective on development issues. During the meeting they also discussed the search for opportunities to be protagonists of prosperity in their communities, talked about citizen participation, access to public services, educational achievements, ...
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Ambassador met with the Indigenous Authority of Chichicastenango

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with the Indigenous Authority of Chichicastenango to learn about the efforts to promote citizen participation and access to justice for indigenous people. Inclusive development and good governance are essential to guarantee equal opportunities for all citizens. We support through USAID Guatemala the inclusive dialogue that promotes the prosperity and sustainability of ...
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Local Nexus of USAID Guatemala in Sacapulas, Quiché promotes transparent municipal governments

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited Sacapulas, Quiché, where he observed the work done by USAID Guatemala through Local Nexus to promote transparent municipal governments that seek to improve the socioeconomic conditions of the population in an effective and inclusive manner and strengthen good governance. The Ambassador met the mayor of Sacapulas, and visited the municipal water ...
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PROINNOVA Project for Agricultural Value Chains of USAID Guatemala

During his visit to Quiché, Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the project Innovative Solutions for Agricultural Value Chains of USAID Guatemala and the Feed The Future initiative of the US Government, which seeks to improve the quality of life of families in the Altiplano. The beneficiaries and executors of the program presented the Ambassador with  demonstration ...
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Ambassador receives guided tour of Chichicastenango by Access students

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the handicraft market of Chichicastenango on a guided tour by two young Access alumni, who demonstrated the skills acquired by being part of this English scholarship program. One of Access’s goals is to increase the educational and employment opportunities of its graduates by learning the English language. The Ambassador also met ...
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Security Alert – Road closures and off limit areas – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (July 11, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Escuintla, Huehuetenango  Event: CA-2 between the city of Escuintla and Cocales (Km.113) is now open for travel for Embassy personnel.  The road had been off limits due to concerns about rivers and bridges along the route. The following routes remain closed: RN – 14 (Between Escuintla and Antigua Guatemala) is permanently closed by ...
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Ambassador participates in Civic Municipal program commemorating the 4th of July

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga participated with the Mayor of Guatemala City, Ricardo Quiñónez, and students from five educational establishments in the Municipal Civic Program organized by the Municipality of Guatemala, which this month is dedicated to the celebration of Independence of the United States. The Ambassador pointed out that on July 4 we not only ...
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Vice President Mike Pence visited Guatemala

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Guatemala with the Second Lady, Karen Pence, and the Secretary of the Department of National Security of the United States, Kirstjen Nielsen. This visit to the Western Hemisphere responds to the commitment of joint cooperation in the region, the strengthening of fair trade, the security alliance and the strengthening ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence to Migrant Community at the Santa Catarina Shelter

Santa Catarina Church Manaus, Brazil THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Father Alex. It is a great privilege for my wife Karen and I to be here with you, with Archbishop Don Sergio here at Santa Catarina, which is demonstrating the love of God by being the hands and feet of Christ to people from Venezuela. ...
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Release of Political Prisoners

Office of the Spokesperson U.S. Department of State The United States reiterates its deep concern for political prisoners in Cuba.  The cases of Dr. Ariel Ruiz Urquiola and Dr. Eduardo Cardet, both of whom a prominent human rights organization has declared “prisoners of conscience,” are just two examples of how the Cuban government continues to ...
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United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need

Office of the Spokesperson U.S. Department of State Vice President Mike Pence announced today in Brazil nearly $10 million in additional humanitarian U.S. assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the man-made crisis there. This funding for the Venezuelan people includes a contribution to the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s regional response ...
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U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (July 9, 10 and 11, 2018)

Location: INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) building – 7a. Ave. 1-17, Zone 4 – First Floor Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits representative Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit (Costa Rica) will offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefit services, on July 9, ...
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The United States Embassy condemns violence against human rights defenders

REF# 2018-34 June 13, 2018 In response to the recent killings of human rights defenders in Guatemala, the Embassy of the United States of America strongly condemns this wave of violence, particularly attacks targeting campesino leaders. We reaffirm the valuable work of human rights defenders, who are at the forefront of the struggle for a ...
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Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 12, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla  Event: As of June 12 at 7:35 a.m. Fuego Volcano continues to emit currents of hot gas and volcanic matter towards the Chimaltenango area based on direction of the winds. Guatemalan authorities discourage visiting closed areas.  Avalanches have produced ash columns, which may result in ash fall in affected areas over ...
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Traffic and Demonstrations Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 12, 2018)

Location: Guatemala City  Event: The Comite de Desarollo Campesino (CODECA) announced today that marches will occur throughout Guatemala City starting tomorrow at 7:00 a.m.  CODECA identified the areas around the Obelisco in Zone 10, Metro Norte in Zone 17, El Trebol in Zone 11, and Perrirosevelt in Zone 7 as possible areas of heavy traffic ...
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Donation of water filters by USAID / OFDA

The US Government through USAID Guatemala and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance delivered 300 water filters as part of the humanitarian assistance for families sheltered by the emergency of the Volcán de Fuego. The United States works with the Government of Guatemala and Conred on humanitarian aid actions for families affected by the ...
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Donation of water filters by the US Army

The US Army in coordination with the Government of Guatemala made a donation of humanitarian aid consisting of 190 water filters within the Municipality of San Juan Alotenango, Sacatepéquez; an area that is currently being used as a displaced persons camp for the victims of the recent eruption of the Volcán de Fuego. Helping to ...
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U.S. Government Providing Humanitarian Assistance for El Fuego Disaster Response

REF# 2018-32 June 6, 2018 The United States is supporting the Government of Guatemala’s response to the devastation caused by the June 3 eruption of the Fuego volcano by providing an initial $300,000 in immediate humanitarian assistance. With this support, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is working ...
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Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 5, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla  Event: On Tuesday, June 5, Fuego Volcano erupted again at approximately 2:10 p.m. local time. The new eruption dispersed hot gas and volcanic matter into the air in the direction of west and northwest, but the direction could change in accordance with prevailing winds. The Guatemalan governmental agency for natural disasters ...
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Volcanic Eruption in Guatemala

U.S. Department of State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert  The United States will assist the families affected by Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who perished as a result of this terrible natural disaster. Our Embassy in Guatemala is in touch with Guatemalan authorities and stands ready to support their ...
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Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 4, 2018)

Location: Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Guatemala City (La Aurora International Airport) Event: On Sunday, June 3, Fuego Volcano erupted for the second time in 2018, with the strongest registered eruption in the past several years. The new eruption generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of the city. The ...
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Western Hemisphere: Remarks at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS)

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State OAS Headquarters Washington, DC June 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, Secretary General Almagro and your team, for organizing this 48th General Assembly of the OAS. We are incredibly grateful for your leadership. It is a pleasure to be here at the OAS for the first time ...
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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 3, 2018)

Location: Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Guatemala City (La Aurora International Airport) Event: On Sunday, June 3, Fuego Volcano erupted for the second time in 2018, with the strongest registered eruption in the past several years. The new eruption has generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of the city. The ...
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Statement By Secretary Pompeo: LGBTI Pride Month

Statement By Secretary Pompeo Office of the Spokesperson The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their supporters continue ...
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Memorial Day commemoration ceremony

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the commemoration ceremony of Memorial Day in gratitude to those who have given their lives in the service of the United States. War Day or Memorial Day is a federal commemorative date that takes place in the United States of America on the last Monday of May of each year, ...
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Long Overdue Freedom for Joshua Holt in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 26, 2018 The United States welcomes the release of Joshua Holt and his wife Thamara, who were unjustly imprisoned in Venezuela. We extend our special thanks to Senator Bob Corker, Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Mike Lee, Representative Mia Love, and all the ...
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The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Monday, May 28

REF#: 2018-30 May 25, 2018 The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Monday, May 28, to commemorate Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday that honors military service members who died serving the United States. The mission, including all agencies of the U.S. Government represented in Guatemala, will resume their regular activities on ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Maduro Regime in Venezuela

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary May 21, 2018 Today, I have taken action to prevent the Maduro regime from conducting “fire sales,” liquidating Venezuela’s critical assets—assets the country will need to rebuild its economy. This money belongs to the Venezuelan people. I have signed an Executive Order to prevent the Maduro regime ...
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Prohibiting certain additional Transactions with respect to Venezuela

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary May 21, 2018 EXECUTIVE ORDER By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 ...
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Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on Venezuela’s Elections

June 21, 2018 Venezuela’s election was a sham ­– neither free nor fair. The illegitimate result of this fake process is a further blow to the proud democratic tradition of Venezuela. Every day, thousands of Venezuelans flee brutal oppression and grinding poverty – literally voting with their feet. The United States will not sit idly ...
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An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson May 21, 2018 Statement by Secretary Pompeo The United States condemns the fraudulent election that took place in Venezuela on May 20.  This so-called “election” is an attack on constitutional order and an affront to Venezuela’s tradition of democracy.  Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path ...
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CentamSmoke exercise with firefighters from the 612 Air Squadron

Recently, a CentamSmoke exercise was carried out to share operational experiences with the participation of American firefighters from the 612 Air Squad and 30 firefighters from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The training covered security issues, personal protection equipment, structural and aircraft fire evolutions, basic medical preparation, vehicle extraction and familiarization with ...
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Charge d’Affaires visited the La Unión sugar mill in Escuintla

The Chargé d’Affaires, David Hodge, visited along with other officials of the Embassy, the La Unión sugar mill in Escuintla, to learn about the production of sugar, alcohol and electric power from the cultivation of sugarcane. The members of the sugar community of Guatemala, presented several of the sustainable development projects and their social responsibility ...
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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Press Statement Washington, DC May 17, 2018 The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. ...
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Passport services and Town Hall Meeting in Quetzaltenango, May 29-30, 2018

The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in Quetzaltenango on May 29 and 30.  Please schedule an appointment if you wish to submit an application for a passport renewal.  You may schedule appointments by calling the American Citizen Services unit at 2326-4942. Passport renewals are the only ...
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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

May 14, 2018 Location:   Guatemala, country-wide. Event:  Continued heavy rainfall is affecting road conditions and could lead to landslides and flooding throughout Guatemala.  According to the Government of Guatemala, these conditions signal the beginning of the rainy season. Actions to Take: Avoid traveling while heavy rains occur as roads can quickly become extremely unsafe. Check ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in a Meeting of the Lima Group

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson READOUT May 14, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Pompeo participated via videoconference today in the Lima Group foreign and finance ministers meeting, which was hosted by Mexico and included representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, ...
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On the Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 14, 2018 Today I am proud to celebrate the opening of the United States Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. This significant event fulfills a promise made by President Trump. As he proclaimed on December 6, 2017, “Seventy years ago, the United States, under ...
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Launch of the Antiretroviral Treatment Quick Start Strategy

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the launch of the Antiretroviral Treatment Quick Start Strategy of the Comprehensive Care Unit for HIV and Chronic Infections Dr. Carlos Rodolfo Mejía Villatoro of Hospital Roosevelt. This strategy, implemented by the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, aims to get people with HIV to start treatment within a maximum of ...
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Remarks by Vice Presidente Pence, during a Protocolary Meeting at the Organization of American States

Organization of American States Washington, D.C. May 7, 2018 THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Ambassador Gonzalez, Secretary General Almagro, Ambassador Trujillo, permanent representatives, distinguished members of Congress, ambassadors, all of our honored guests, it is my great honor to be here in the House of the Americas to address this session of the Organization of American States.  ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Statement by Secretary Pompeo May 3, 2018 On the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, we renew our commitment to promoting and protecting a free press, which is an essential pillar of democracy.  The United States values freedom of the press as a key component of democratic governance.  By fostering a free press, citizens are ...
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Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

The White House Office of the Press Secretary April 26, 2018 I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time ...
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Statement by Ambassador Haley on Violence against Civilians in Nicaragua

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy April 25, 2018 The violence and repression we have seen in Nicaragua go against the right to free speech and human dignity of the Nicaraguan people. Police and bad actors associated with the government must immediately curb violent acts against students and ...
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Allied Humanitarian Forces Exercise (FAHUM)

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the exercise of Allied Humanitarian Forces (FAHUM) in Guatemala in collaboration with the US Southern Command in a practice to evaluate and increase the response capacity of the Government of Guatemala in the face of a major humanitarian disaster. The US is committed to work in coordination with the Government ...
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Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan On the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

April 20, 2018 Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who we are as a ...
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Call for Calm in Nicaragua

Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson April 22, 2018 The United States government regrets the loss of life and injuries suffered in Nicaragua during protests by its citizens.  We condemn the violence and the excessive force used by police and others against civilians who are exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression and assembly. The ...
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Welcome reception to TechCamp Guatemala

Ambassador Luis Arrega participated in the welcome reception at TechCamp Guatemala. This initiative of the State Department brings together young leaders from Latin America to promote the use of technology to promote transparency and accountability, strengthen democracy, good governance and the fight against corruption, while seeking to contribute to the objectives of the Summit of ...
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INL and the Ministry of Social Welfare signed an agreement to implement the Juvenile Justice project

The director of US Dept, of State INL in Guatemala and the Ministry of Social Welfare signed an agreement to implement the Juvenile Justice project, which includes the creation of five regional offices, the first specialized center for the reintegration of young people and a transition house. This project seeks to eliminate overcrowding in juvenile ...
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Ambassador Arrega participated in OSAC Security Conference

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the opening of the Annual Conference of the Advisory Council on Security Abroad OSAC 13 that will address challenges of the region in security issues. Central America is a rich, diverse region with enormous potential that will not be achieved unless there is more foreign investment, cooperation between the public-private ...
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Continuing Promise 2018

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge participated in the closing ceremony of the humanitarian exercise for immediate response to disasters, Continuing Promise 2018, which offered free health services to more than 700 patients every day, for 10 days. Humanitarian assistance arrived in the country on April 9 with the arrival of the USNS Spearhead, which ...
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The US congratulates the Nominating Commission

Ref# 2018-23 April 16, 2018 The U.S. Embassy congratulates the Nominating Commission on completing its selection of candidates for Guatemala’s next Attorney General.  Once selected by President Morales, the Attorney General will play a crucial role in guaranteeing transparency and rule of law in Guatemala, and continuing the fight against corruption and impunity.
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USAID’s Project “Creating New Economic Opportunities”

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with officials of the Government of Guatemala in the launch of USAID Guatemala’s project “Creating new Economic Opportunities,” seeking to create economic opportunities in the Western Highlands with focus on investment and competitiveness. The national and foreign investment and the boost of the competitiveness in the country are determinant to generate ...
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Acting Secretary Sullivan Meets With the Governments of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras 

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 13, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Today, Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray co-hosted a meeting with President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, Vice President Jafeth Cabrera of Guatemala, and Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez of El Salvador ...
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Remarks by Vice president Pence at First Plenary Session of the Summit of the Americas

Lima, Peru April 15, 2018 THE VICE PRESIDENT: Secretary General Almagro, President Vizcarra, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and leaders from across the Western Hemisphere — it is my great honor to join you today, as Vice President of the United States of America, at the 8th Summit of the Americas. And I bring greetings and great ...
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Passport services and Town Hall Meeting in Antigua – April 19-20, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens: To further assist U.S. citizens in Guatemala, the U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall Meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in Antigua on April 19 and 20.  These dates replace the previously announced visit dates of April 12 and 13. Please schedule an appointment if you wish to take ...
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United States Breaks Ground on New, Environmentally-Sustainable Embassy in Guatemala

REF# 2018-19 April 4, 2018 On April 4, 2018, U.S. Ambassador Luis Arreaga, President Jimmy Morales, and representatives from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations broke ground on the construction site for the new U.S. Embassy in Guatemala.   Located in Zone 16 and expected to be completed in 2022, the new building ...
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Inauguration of the new central offices of the Sex Crimes Investigation Department

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Sexual Crimes Investigation Department of the PNC of Guatemala as part of the support through U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) to citizen security. The inauguration of these facilities marks the renewal of the fight against ...
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Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Supreme Electoral Tribunal

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Guatemala to support the Supreme Electoral Tribunal TSE as part of our commitment to contribute to a free, fair, and transparent electoral process under good governance. We congratulate the TSE Guatemala for the initiative to promote reforms in favor ...
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Event: Semana Santa in Guatemala

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala March 23, 2018 Location: Guatemala, countrywide Event: As we approach Semana Santa (March 26–April 1) the U.S. Embassy would like to remind citizens to be vigilant at celebrations throughout Guatemala. Please take note of the potential for increased criminal activity. Armed robbery and petty theft are a ...
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Commemoration of Tuberculosis Day

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the event to commemorate Tuberculosis Day, organized with the support of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, PEPFAR Central America, CDC, and University Research Co. “Looking for Leaders for a world free of Tuberculosis” is the theme of this year, which focuses on the commitment of all sectors, ...
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Ambassador Arreaga learns about investment programs in Guatemala

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited 4 Grados Norte where he shared with several entrepreneurs and investors who are working to create an ecosystem of “Angel Investment” that promotes the investment of risk capital as support for entrepreneurship in Guatemala. During the meeting, the entrepreneurs showed the Ambassador business that uses technology to solve common challenges in ...
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Ambassador Arreaga visits USAID projects in Petén

Ambassador Luis Arreaga and Director John Beed of USAID Guatemala visited an area of ​​forest concessions in Uaxactún to learn how this conservation model has impacted the protection of natural and cultural resources, as well as the prosperity and security of their communities. Forest concessions are successful models for the conservation of biodiversity through the ...
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IVLP Alumni organizes event with professional women in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM

To commemorate Women´s History Month, Physics professor and lecturer of the Program for International Visiting Leaders IVLP (for its acronym in English) of the U.S. Department of State, Waleska Aldana, organized an event with women professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM (for its acronym in English). San Carlos University of Guatemala and Galileo ...
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Inauguration of the Integral Care Model with support from USAID

In the framework of the commemoration of International Women’s Day, Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with the Attorney General Thelma Aldana at the inauguration of the new Integral Attention Model (MAI) of the Public Ministry, which will ensure that Guatemalan women and children have unlimited access to better justice services, with full respect for their rights ...
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Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

Statement By Secretary Tillerson March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will continue to implement measures to strengthen ...
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Visit of USDA Undersecretary Ted McKinney to Guatemala

The Undersecretary of Commerce and Foreign Affairs, Ted McKinney, visited Guatemala accompanied by an Agricultural Trade Mission of 34 companies from the United States. The group of entrepreneurs from the United States was in Guatemala as part of the Mission that seeks to bring leading companies in the agricultural sector of the United States with ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley visited Guatemala

The Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, visited Guatemala on the last days of the month of February. Within her agenda, she held a meeting with President Jimmy Morales, Commissioner Iván Velásquez of CICIG and Attorney General Thelma Aldana. In addition, along with Ambassador Luis Arreaga, she had the opportunity ...
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Passport services and Town Hall Meeting in Livingston – March 7-8, 2018

March 1, 2018 The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens in Livingston, with U.S. Ambassador Luis Arreaga, on March 7th. During the Town Hall meeting, Ambassador Arreaga and representatives of the Consular Section will present information of interest to U.S. Citizens in Guatemala and will be available to answer your ...
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Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

February 23, 2018 Office of the Spokesperson In May, the United States plans to open a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. The Embassy will initially be located in the Arnona neighborhood, in a modern building that now houses consular operations of U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem. Those consular ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission participated in the launch of ECHO Project

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge participated in the launch of ECHO Project (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), which is a collaborative model of education and health care for first-line clinicians, which offers ongoing training through a virtual system to combat Tuberculosis in Guatemala with the support of PEPFAR Central America, CDC and University Research ...
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Inauguration of the Higher Risk Appeals Chamber with support from USAID / INL

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the inauguration of the Higher Risk and Extinction of Appeals Chamber of the Judicial Branch of Guatemala, which will resolve legal recourses to expedite complex criminal proceedings. This chamber was created with support from USAID Guatemala and U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT, ...
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Ambassador participates in a conversation with university students

Ambassador Luis Arreaga offered the presentation “The Ethics as a bulwark of Democracy” in the Week of Ethics at the Rafael Landívar University. During his participation, the Ambassador also discussed how citizens should create and promote a culture of legality with the daily exercise of an ethical life. Therefore, he explained that if a society ...
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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Amcham, Challenges and Opportunities

February 15, 2018 Excelentísimo Presidente de la República de Guatemala, Jimmy Morales; excelentísimo Presidente del Congreso de Guatemala, Álvaro Arzú; honorables representantes del Gobierno de Guatemala; Presidente de AmCham, Licenciado Juan Pablo Carrasco; excelentísima Ministra de Relaciones Exteriores, Sandra Jovel; excelentísimo Ministro de Economía, Acisclo Valladares; señores de los medios de comunicación; distinguidos invitados: Muy ...
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Defending Democracy in Venezuela

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson February 14, 2018 We support the decision of Peru, as the host of the upcoming Summit of the Americas, to withdraw its invitation to President Maduro of Venezuela. Peru’s decision was made with the support of the Lima Group, which upheld the high democratic standard for Summit participation. The United ...
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Ambassador Arreaga participated in Amcham’s “Challenges and Opportunities” event

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the “Challenges and Opportunities” event organized by AmCham Guatemala, in which he highlighted U.S. investments as a sign of confidence in a Guatemala that fights against corruption. Among the examples cited, the Ambassador mentioned the four American hotel chains that inaugurated facilities in the country in 2017, after 10 years ...
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Ambassador is introduced to the new digital platform for Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the offices of Pronacom where the Commissioner and Minister of Economy, Acisclo Valladares, presented the advances in the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity and the new platform that presents the strategy of the Government of Guatemala. The new digital platform to follow up on the plan, shows in detail the ...
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Ambassador Arreaga visited the Prosecutor’s Office against Crime and Extortion

Ambassador Luis Arreaga visited the Office of the Prosecutor against Crime and Extortion along with USAID Guatemala authorities to learn more about their results and work methodology. This prosecutor’s office has carried out seven large-scale operations since 2016, in which more than 680 people accused of extortion have been captured, which represents a strategic attack ...
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Five youths and a teacher from Chiquimula participated in the cultural exchange Young Ambassadors

Five youths and a teacher from Chiquimula participated in the cultural exchange Young Ambassadors in the USA, where they developed their leadership skills and civic participation. Together with young people from other countries in the region, they visited cities in Washington DC, Michigan, Texas and Florida, and learned about the American educational system, social entrepreneurship, ...
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Presidential Elections Announced in Venezuela

February 8, 2018 Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson The United States denounces the decision by Venezuela’s National Electoral Council to unilaterally advance presidential elections without guarantees to ensure free, fair, and internationally-validated elections. These elections do not have the agreement of all political parties and limit the ability of individuals to run in the election. By ...
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On U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson February 1, 2018 University of Texas at Austin Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you, thank you so much.  And thank you, Greg, for that very kind, warm introduction, inviting me back home today.  And I want to thank those at the Clements Center of National Security and the Robert Strauss ...
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Red Alert in Izabal

February 1, 2018 Location: Izabal, Guatemala On Tuesday, January 30th, CONRED (Stands for Coordinadora Departamental para la Reducción de Desastres) from Izabal, declared a Regional Red Alert due to heavy rains in that region.  Based on this, the Guatemala Regional Emergency Operations Center has been activated to coordinate assistance to affected persons. The Izabal area ...
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Orange Alert – Fire Volcano (Volcán de Fuego)

February 1, 2018  Location: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Guatemalan authorities issued an orange alert Thursday over an erupting volcano located a short distance from its capital.  According to authorities, increased activity in the Volcan de Fuego (“Fire Volcano”) overnight Wednesday resulted in a saw ash tower 1.7 kilometers (one mile) into the sky and lava flow ...
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Traffic Advisory

February 1, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has received a report that on Saturday, February 3rd starting from 7:00 a.m., approximately 40,000 motorcyclists, collectively known as Caravana del Zorro, will be departing from Zone 1 towards Esquipulas.  They will be traveling northbound on CA-9 towards Rio Hondo, Zacapa (Km 136).  From there, they will ...
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Inauguration of Modernization and Security initiatives on the border Guatemala / El Salvador

The Governments of El Salvador and Guatemala, with the support of the United States, inaugurated the infrastructure improvements carried out at the borders of La Hachadura, on the side of El Salvador, and Pedro de Alvarado, on the Guatemalan side, which facilitate trade, customs control, security, and attention to users and migrants. The work done ...
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Venezuela’s Snap Presidential Elections

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson January 24, 2018 The United States strongly rejects the call by Venezuela’s illegitimate Constituent Assembly for snap presidential elections before April 30. This vote would be neither free nor fair. It would only deepen, not help resolve, national tensions. It would not reflect the will of the Venezuelan people, and would ...
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OPIC meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales

REF#: 2018-6 January 24, 2018 Today, Ray W. Washburne, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) – the U.S.’s development finance institution – issued the following statement following his meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales: OPIC’s investments in Guatemala increase prosperity and economic opportunity for the Guatemalan people by improving ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary Creamer met with Attorney General Aldana

Deputy Assistant Secretary John Creamer, senior official of the State Department for Cuba, Mexico, Central America, and Western Hemisphere Regional Economic Policy and Summit issues, met with the Attorney General and Chief of the Public Ministry Thelma Aldana. During this meeting, the Deputy Assistant Secretary emphasized the importance of the fight against corruption and highlighted ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with technical team of the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with officials from Pronacom, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Finance, and Segeplán, who make up the technical team of the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity of the country. The Guatemalan officials shared with the Ambassador their progress and goals regarding the Plan, highlighting the projects to ...
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Treasury Sanctions Four Venezuelan Government Officials Associated with Corruption and Oppression

JANUARY 5, 2018 Washington – Today, acting pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four current or former Venezuelan government officials associated with corruption and repression in Venezuela. “President Maduro and his inner circle continue to put their own interests above those of the ...
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Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act Implementation

Statement by Secretary Tillerson Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act Implementation December 21, 2017 Today, alongside the President and the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State took action against persons who have committed serious human rights abuse and engaged in corruption around the world. The Department is committed to protecting and promoting human ...
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United States Applies Global Magnitsky Sanctions

REF#: 2017-20 December 20, 2017 Today, together with the President of the United States and the Department of Treasury, the Department of State took action against persons believed to be involved in serious human rights abuse and corruption. Their names were placed on the Department of the Treasury’s Specially Designated Nationals List, which prohibits U.S. ...
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President Donald J. Trump announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” – President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is ...
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Venezuela’s Undemocratic Electoral Process

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson U.S. State Department December 11, 2017 The United States condemns President Maduro’s threat to ban opposition parties from participating in next year’s presidential elections. The Venezuelan people deserve the right to express their views and consent to governance through a free and fair democratic process that is open to all ...
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International Human Rights Day

Secretary Rex Tillerson U.S. Department of State Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and ...
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Closing ceremony of the DreamBuilder women’s entrepreneurship program

We participated in the closing fair of the DreamBuilder program in which the products and services developed by 23 female entrepreneurs from different departments of Guatemala were presented. The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – YLAI fellow, Ana María Vásquez, worked for 13 weeks with the entrepreneurs to generate new knowledge of marketing, product ...
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“Art Against Violence” (AVES) project in Villa Nueva

In conjunction with the Municipality of Villa Nueva, the Public Affairs Section, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and the Military Group of the United States supported the organization of a graffiti contest for youth in the municipality. The activity was part of the Art Against Violence (AVES) initiative that promotes entrepreneurship ...
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Ambassador Arreaga offers reception on the topic of Security

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with officials of the Government of Guatemala, the diplomatic corps, civil society, and the private sector to discuss joint actions that contribute to strengthening security in the country. The reception is part of a series of meetings to address the pillars of cooperation between the U.S. and Guatemala: prosperity, citizen security ...
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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Third National Open Government Plan

December 06, 2017 Palacio Nacional de la Cultura Señor Presidente de la República de Guatemala, Licenciado Jimmy Morales Señor Vice-Presidente de la República de Guatemala, Doctor Jafeth Cabrera Señor Presidente del Congreso de la República de Guatemala, Oscar Chinchilla Señor Presidente del Organismo Judicial, Magistrado José Antonio Pineda Barales Señora Fiscal General de la República, ...
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Webchat about transparency in government

The Public Affairs Section and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs INL of the U.S. Embassy brought together representatives of government, the private sector and civil society to participate in an electronic chat on transparency. Maristella Aldana, Former Head of the Institutional Integrity Office of the Inter-American Development Bank, offered her experience ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission visited Asociación Salud Integral

To commemorate World AIDS Day, Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge visited the clinic “Luis Ángel García” of Asociación Salud Integral (ASI), a non-profit organization with more than 28 years of experience in HIV and infectious diseases. During his visit, Mr. Hodge learned about the advances in Guatemala of the Fast Start Antiretroviral Treatment (ARVT) ...
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Ambassadors of the USA, Mexico and Canada participate in film forum

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated with Ambassador Deborah Chatsis of the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala and Ambassador Luis Lopez of the Embassy of Mexico in Guatemala in the film forum entitled #JusticiaParaEllxs. This initiative unites the efforts of the three embassies, as part of the campaign of 16 Days of activism to promote Gender Equality ...
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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Film Forum “Justice For My Sister”

November 30, 2017 Mexican Embassy in Guatemala Excelentísimos Embajadores de Mexico y Canadá; Oficiales de Gobierno; Panelistas y expertos en temas de violencia de género; Miembros de los medios de comunicación; Distinguidos invitados; Muy Buenas tardes. A nivel mundial, una de cada tres mujeres ha sufrido violencia física o sexual. Me imagino que para las mujeres ...
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Ambassador Arreaga participates in the 50th anniversary of AmCham

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of AmCham Guatemala, where he had the opportunity to thank and congratulate its members for the commitment and dedication to promote trade and investment between the United States and Guatemala, for the benefit of the citizens of both countries. This joint collaboration has served ...
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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – 50th Anniversary of Amcham Guatemala

November 29, 2017. Buenas tardes a todos y muchas felicidades por su 50avo aniversario. Dado que este es mi primer evento oficial con la Cámara, lo primero que quiero hacer es agradecer a los miembros, y especialmente a junta directiva  por su compromiso y dedicación. Nos enorgullece que ésta es una de las cámaras bilaterales ...
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Vice President of OPIC and Ambassador Arreaga meet with President Morales

The Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Ryan Brennan, confirmed in a meeting with the President of the Government of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales and Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga, a US investment plan of $1 billion in the countries of the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) in order to create 10 thousand ...
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Embassy supports play against gender violence and sexual harassment

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign, we supported the theatrical presentation made by a group of Drama students from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala titled “Incordia”. This proposal calls for Art to correct the culture of sexual harassment in the streets. Local youth attended the presentation, which ...
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Ambassador Arreaga hosted reception on “Gender and Marketing”

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga hosted a reception for Guatemalan and American businessmen/women and creative experts in Social Marketing. During the event, the Ambassador urged guests to produce campaigns that empower women to impact the prosperity and cultural change of the country, as well as highlight the responsibility of entrepreneurs, creatives and, media as agents of ...
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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Social Marketing focused on Gender Equity

November 28, 2017 Buenas noches y bienvenidos. Es para mí un placer estar con ustedes esta noche. Quiero agradecer en particular la presencia de nuestros invitados de honor, Jess Weiner  Gerente General de Talk to Jess;  Diane Reichenberger – Vice Presidenta de Estrategia Global de Mattel;  Kendra Smith – artista y atleta reconocida y a ...
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Ambassador Arreaga participated in the Peace Corps swearing-in ceremony

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the Swearing Ceremony of 36 new volunteers from Peace Corps Guatemala. The Ambassador congratulated the new volunteers and wished them a fantastic experience in Guatemala. They join more than 5,000 volunteers who have served this country since 1963 and will work together with Guatemalans who have given a testimony of ...
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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Swearing in of 36 new volunteers

November 28, 2017. Sr. Craig Badger, Director de País; Sra. Carolyn Beal, Directora de Capacitación; Sres. Socios de Trabajo; Aspirantes y Voluntarios de Cuerpo de Paz; Personal de Cuerpo de Paz Buenos días. Primero que todo quiero felicitar al nuevo grupo que se convertirá en Voluntarios, en este día de su juramentación. Me enorgullece ser parte de la tradición ...
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Visit of the U.S. Social Security Administration

December 11 and 12, 2017 Representatives from the U.S. Social Security Administration will visit Guatemala to provide social security services on December 11 and 12, 2017. Beneficiaries are reminded that they must complete their annual or bi-annual report to the Social Security Administration and may drop off reports during the visit.  Services Location: Instituto Guatemalteco ...
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Speech by Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Exposición Sabor USA, Xela

Quetzaltenango, 18 de noviembre de 2017 Señor Alcalde, Licenciado Luis Grijalva; Señoras y Señores Expositores; Señoras y Señores Miembros de la Prensa; Público que nos acompaña. Muy Buenos días a todos. Les agradecemos enormemente que nos acompañen en este importante evento; espero que hayan tenido la oportunidad de probar algunos de los alimentos en la ...
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Speech by Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Pre-event reception Sabor USA, Xela

Quetzaltenango 17 de noviembre 2017 Buenas noches a todos. Muchísimas gracias por acompañarnos esta noche. Esta es la primera vez que visito Xela en muchísimos  años y estoy muy contento y emocionado de estar aquí porque mi mamá nació no muy lejos de aquí en Olintepeque. También me complace participar en el lanzamiento de “Sabor ...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson  U.S. Department of State In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to live free ...
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Ambassador Arreaga offers reception for prosperity

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with officials from the Government of Guatemala, the Diplomatic Corps, Civil Society and the Private Sector to discuss joint actions to boost the country’s prosperity. Prosperity is one of the pillars of the United States Strategy with Central America and a key component of the Alliance for Prosperity. Ambassador Arreaga mentioned ...
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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Prosperity Reception

November 21, 2017 Chief of Mission Residence Buenas noches, sean todos bienvenidos. Considero un gran honor representar al Gobierno de los Estados Unidos en Guatemala, un país que es muy especial para mí. Desde mi llegada, me han preguntado muchas veces sobre las prioridades de los Estados Unidos para Guatemala. Puedo asegurarles que nuestros objetivos ...
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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State U.S. Department of State Press Statement On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence. Transgender individuals and their advocates, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex persons, are facing increasing physical attacks and ...
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Entrepreneurs and Investors Selected for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

U.S. State Department Office of the Spokesperson The United States and India are proud to announce the selection of the 1,500 individuals who will participate in the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be co-hosted by the United States and India in Hyderabad, India, November 28-30. Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump will lead the ...
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U.S. Department of State Supports Energy Diversification in the Caribbean

The U.S. Department of State announced $4.3 million in funding to support energy diversification in the Caribbean. The announcement was made at the U.S. and Caribbean Prosperity Roundtable November 15 in Miami. This funding, programmed through the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, USAID, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will advance the ...
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Speech of Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Opening ceremony National Teachers Conference NTC

November 2nd. 2017 IGA administration and faculty; Ministry of Education officials; Presenters; teachers; students. Friends all Good morning!  It is a great pleasure to be with you today at the 36th annual National Teachers Conference. This year’s theme, “Different Cultures, One Classroom” serves as a great reminder of the world we live in and the ...
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Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services in Quetzaltenango

November 17-18, 2017 The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting for U.S. citizens with U.S. Ambassador Luis Arreaga. The event will take place at 2 pm, November 18, at Tertulianos restaurant, 14 Avenida 5-26, Zona 3, Villa Lesbia, Quetzaltenango. During the Town Hall meeting, Ambassador Arreaga and representatives of the Consular Section will ...
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Treasury Sanctions Ten Venezuelan Government Officials

U.S. Department of Treasury Public Affairs Office Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated ten current or former Venezuelan government officials pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692.  These individuals are associated with undermining electoral processes, media censorship, or corruption in government-administered food programs in Venezuela.  This designation ...
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Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services in Quetzaltenango

The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting for U.S. citizens with U.S. Ambassador Luis Arreaga. The event will take place at 2 pm, November 18, at Tertulianos restaurant, 14 Avenida 5-26, Zona 3, Villa Lesbia, Quetzaltenango. During the Town Hall meeting, Ambassador Arreaga and representatives of the Consular Section will present information of ...
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Ambassador Arreaga participates in the Latin American Impact Investment Forum

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the Latin American Forum on Impact Investment in Central America and the Caribbean, in which he called on participants, including the private sector, government, universities and civil society, to join together for a more supportive Guatemala that works towards finding the solutions of common challenges to build the prosperity.
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Guatemalan fellow wins YLAI 2017 pitch competition

Congratulations to the winner of the competition of Proposals # YLAI2017: Aaron Bendfeldt from Guatemala! Young entrepreneurs from different countries of the Latin American and Caribbean region presented their ideas of creation and social entrepreneurship companies, where the Guatemalan obtained the first place. These professional fellows of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) ...
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Anti-Democratic Actions by Maduro Regime in Venezuela

U.S. State Department Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert The United States condemns the Maduro regime’s increasing disrespect for democracy and fundamental human rights in Venezuela. By attempting to strip the democratically elected National Assembly’s Vice President and opposition leader Freddy Guevara of his parliamentary immunity and barring him from leaving the country, the regime is pursuing yet ...
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Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for Nicaragua And Honduras

Department of Homeland Security Office of the Press Secretary WASHINGTON— Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua with a delayed effective date of 12 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on January 5, 2019. She also ...
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Planned Demonstrations in Guatemala City

The Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (CODECA) has announced roadblocks and demonstrations nationwide for November 7th and 8th.  The following locations were shared through the media by event organizers. No. Km. Road Location 1 265 CA-1 Xinajoj, Huehuetenango 2 179 CA-1 Cuatro caminos, Totonicapan 3 156 CA-1 Nahualá, Sololá 4 117 CA-1 Las Trampas, Quiché 5 ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month

National Entrepreneurship Month celebrates one of our Nation’s proudest qualities: our innovative, hardworking, entrepreneurial spirit. American entrepreneurs invent and sell fascinating and endlessly useful new products and services, creating millions of jobs and driving American global leadership along the way. This month, we emphasize the importance of creating and maintaining an economic and regulatory environment ...
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Ambassador Arreaga attends National Teachers Conference

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated in the opening ceremony of the National Teachers Conference for English instructors, organized annually by Instituto Guatemalteco Americano IGA. This year, the conference celebrates its 36th edition entitled “Different Cultures, One Classroom”, a theme highlighted by Ambassador Arreaga, embodies its richness in the role of teachers as promoters of the importance ...
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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Heather Nauert U.S. State Department Spokesperson November 2, 2017 Around the world, journalists work often at great personal risk to report on issues that impact the lives of individuals in all societies. They shine a light on abuses and corruption, expose threats posed by transnational criminal organizations, and counter disinformation and propaganda that spread false ...
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Statement from the President on the Terrorist Attack in New York City

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today’s terrorist attack in New York City and their families. My Administration will provide its full support to the New York City Police Department, including through a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We offer our ...
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Ambassador Arreaga at the inauguration of the National Employment Fair

Ambassador Luis Arreaga participated at the inauguration of the National Employment Fair, along with the President of the Government of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales and Minister Leticia Teleguario of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. The event was also attended by representatives of other sectors, such as Mr. Antonio Malouf, president of Cacif and Mr. ...
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Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 16, 2017 The United States applauds the courage, determination, and will of the Venezuelan people who tried to exercise their constitutional right to vote in the October 15, gubernatorial elections. We condemn the lack of free and fair elections yesterday in Venezuela. The voice of the ...
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Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela

Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson October 12, 2017 The Venezuelan people deserve to have their voices heard through their nation’s Gubernatorial Elections this Sunday, October 15.  The United States and the international community are paying close attention to this vote.  The United States calls on the regime to ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with AmCham Guatemala

Ambassador Luis Arreaga spoke with representatives of AmCham Guatemala in a meeting that focused on issues of economic strengthening, free market between Guatemala and the United States, Amcham’s efforts to meet the needs of its more than 500 member companies, and the struggle against corruption. The United States Embassy works closely with our Guatemalan partners ...
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Notice Regarding Continued Inclement Weather

October 6, 2017 The Coordinadora Nacional para la Reduccion de Desastres (CONRED) and the Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH) have issued special cautions regarding ongoing inclement weather throughout Guatemala. These notices highlight the potential for landslides, flash floods, and sudden damage to highways and roads throughout the country. The U.S. Embassy ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with CACIF and FUNDESA

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with members of CACIF and FUNDESA to discuss the importance of the fight against corruption and impunity for a favorable investment climate for the country. The Ambassador also emphasized the support of the United States and the joint efforts of the various sectors of the country to facilitate trade, promote education ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with Indigenous Leaders

Ambassador Luis Arreaga had the opportunity to speak with leaders of indigenous communities about the importance of continuing to work on public policies that promote social inclusion, strengthen respect for human rights and promote a more tolerant and equitable society with opportunities for everybody. Indigenous leaders and the Ambassador agreed on the importance of investing ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with representatives from Civil Society

Ambassador Luis Arreaga met with representatives of different civil society organizations where he established a dialogue on the role of Citizen Participation to promote transparency initiatives that promote accountability to respond to the needs of Guatemalans. The United States considers the presence of Civil Society in the processes of transformation and democratic social reform essential. ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission visited USAID and INL school project in El Mezquital

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge visited the El Mezquital colony in Villa Nueva to learn about the projects they carry out in the USAID Guatemala and U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl. Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT with the support of Convivimos to strengthen citizen security. Schools are strong allies with whom ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with Commissioner Velásquez and Attorney General Aldana

During his tour of meetings, Ambassador Luis Arreaga had the opportunity to coincide with the Attorney General and Chief of the Public Ministry of Guatemala, Thelma Aldana, and CICIG Commissioner – International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, Ivan Velasquez. The Ambassador used the space to confirm the commitment of the United States Government to their ...
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Ambassador Arreaga met with the President of the Constitutional Court

Ambassador Luis Arreaga greeted the president of the Constitutional Court, Francisco de Mata Vela in a presentation meeting. The event was an occasion in which the Ambassador emphasized the follow-up of the United States Government’s support for the important work of the Court in protecting the Guatemalan constitution, fighting the scourge of corruption and ensuring ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Hodge attended the VIII National Congress of Human Rights

Chargé d’Affaires David Hodge participated in the VIII National Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex LGBTI. His participation in the activity highlights the support of the United States Embassy to the principles of freedom and equality, in addition to supporting efforts for each person to reach their greatest potential in a society that ...
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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As we grieve, we pray that God may provide comfort ...
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Notice Regarding Social Security Services

September 29, 2017 The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Guatemala who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact ...
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Director of the International Republican Institute (IRI) visits Guatemala

Patricio Gajardo, current director of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Guatemala, held a tour to share with activists, leaders and different organizations representatives of civil society on the contribution that represents for democracy to have the common citizen for decision making in shared challenges; poverty, access and educational quality, social inclusion, government oversight and ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at creating—for the first time in history—minimum requirements for international cooperation to support visa and immigration vetting and adjudications for individuals seeking entry to the United States.   Read more …
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Bipartisan Commission for Democracy met with the President of the Government of Guatemala

The Bipartisan Commission for Democracy of the United States House of Representatives met with the President of the Government of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, to discuss the challenges the country is facing and the support of the United States to contribute to strengthen democratic and government institutions. The Commission works to promote good practices in legislation ...
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Chargé d’Affaires, David Hodge, participated at a reception with the Bipartisan Commission

Chargé d’Affaires, David Hodge, participated at a reception that brought together the Bipartisan Commission for Democracy of the United States House of Representatives, with different partners and friends of the United States in the country. The meeting served to exchange ideas and experiences that contribute to strengthening democratic institutions, as well as sharing good practices ...
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Meeting of young entrepreneurs of the North Triangle in El Salvador

The “EmprendeTN” meeting was held in El Salvador, which was an opportunity for young leaders and entrepreneurs from the North Triangle countries to share their experiences and receive more tools to boost their success and become prosperity multipliers in their communities. “Do not expect change, generate it yourself. The youth of “EmprendeTN” are demonstrating that ...
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U.S. Congressional Commission meets with Guatemalan civil society

Representatives from various civil society organizations, including young leaders, held a meeting with the House Democracy Partnership. At the meeting, the commission highlighted the work of civil society organizations to promote transparency and strengthen the fight against corruption and impunity. Civil society organizations are the voice of citizens and representatives of the common good. Citizen ...
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Bipartisan Commission of the U.S. Congress visits Guatemala

Chargé d’Affaires, David Hodge, welcomed the Bipartisan House Democracy Partnership of the United States Congress, which visits Guatemala during its Latin American tour, to share experiences and promote links of democratic cooperation. This commission works to promote good governance and strengthen democratic institutions seeking to increase accountability, transparency, legislative independence and government oversight for building ...
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Planned Demonstrations in Guatemala City

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala Message for US Citizens Planned Demonstrations in Guatemala City September 19, 2017 There are reports of multiple planned demonstrations in Guatemala City on September 20th, 2017.  Demonstrators will reportedly gather at key intersections and landmarks in Guatemala City and move to the area of the Guatemalan Congress and central plaza ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. As millions of our ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims National Hispanic Heritage Month

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans who have helped shape our great Nation.  We are grateful for the many contributions Hispanic American men and women make to our society and the vibrancy they weave into our American culture. From America’s earliest days, Hispanic Americans have played a prominent and ...
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Statement by President Trump: Guatemala National Day

Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the people of the United States, please accept my congratulations to you and all the citizens of Guatemala as your country celebrates 196 years of independence on September 15th. I look forward to continuing our partnership on security, governance, and prosperity issues.  I also want to thank you for ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: Guatemala National Day

September 15, 2017 On behalf of the United States, I offer our congratulations to the people of Guatemala on the celebration of 196 years of independence. As we affirmed at the June 15-16 Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, the United States is committed to strengthening democratic institutions, bolstering security, and achieving greater ...
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National Day Celebrations and Protests September 15-17

September 14, 2017 Annual Independence Day celebrations will be taking place all weekend in Guatemala.  The annual “torch” run and Independence Day parades will have a significant impact on traffic throughout Guatemala City.   Also in Guatemala City, there are reports of demonstrations in the area of the Congress and the Supreme Court.  U.S. citizens are ...
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Ambassador Robinson offers welcome reception to new diplomats

Ambassador Todd Robinson hosted a reception to welcome the new U.S. diplomats who will be joining the mission in Guatemala, including Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge, the Director of U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT Hugo Guevara, and Public Affairs Counselor Stephen Posivak, among others. The Ambassador ...
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10 Guatemalan entrepreneurs will participate in the YLAI 2017 initiative

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge met with fellows from the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – YLAI . The YLAI program selected 10 Guatemalan social entrepreneurs to travel during the month of October to meet their counterparts in other countries and contact civil organizations from 24 cities in the United States. Through this exchange program, fellows will advance their entrepreneurial ideas ...
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GIST NET Conference on the support of universities to future entrepreneurs

The video conference of the Global Program of Innovation through the Science and Technology GIST Net of the U.S. Department of State focused on the role that universities play in the empowerment of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. This conference brought together several Guatemalan universities, including Galileo University, Guatemala Valley University, Guatemala’s Da Vinci University and URL, Landívar. ...
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Large Scale Police Operations

September 11, 2017 The Guatemala media reports that large scale operations are currently underway in Guatemala focusing on arrests of local gangs.  Crime in Guatemala is a serious concern and retaliation against the Guatemalan police by transnational gangs remains a possibility.  U.S. citizens should remain vigilant, review personal security plans, and remain aware of your ...
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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 11, 2017 Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American ...
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Inauguration of Model Police Station in San Cristóbal, Alta Verapaz

The Model Police Station in San Cristóbal, Alta Verapaz, was inaugurated with the participation of the Director of Bureau of Intl. Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) Guatemala, Hugo Guevara, the mayor of San Cristóbal, Allan Otoniel García Xona, and the Deputy Director General of Operations of the National Civil Police of Guatemala, Rony Espinoza. The Model Commissaries ...
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Access alumni develop training for English teachers in Sololá

The Language Center of Universidad del Valle de Guatemala initiated an alliance with the Departmental Direction of the Ministry of Education to give courses and workshops of English for academic teachers in Sololá, developed by alumni of the English Access Microscholarship Program. For the 144 teachers who are fluent in English, a series of training sessions are taking ...
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Access alumni participate as interpreters during day of therapies in Esquipulas

English Access Microscholarship Program alumni in Esquipulas, now members of the SEAL (Service Learning, English Usage, Alumni Engagement, Leadership) program, participated as English-Spanish interpreters during the medical clinics organized by Quique Ceron Foundation. Students from U.S. universities Drexel University and Arcadia University provided physical therapy to more than 80 people with muscular problems and physical ...
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Basic English Access Recruitment (BEAR) program in Chiquimula

We visited the department of Chiquimula to learn about the progress of the Basic English Access Recruitment (BEAR) program, which is an initiative to serve as a basis for developing social skills, communication and elementary English language preparation for future fellows of the English Access Microscholarship Program. BEAR operates in coordination with the U.S. Department ...
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Inauguration of the course of Tourism Guides for alumni of the program Access

This week, we participated in the inauguration of the course of Tourism Guides for alumni of the English Access Microscholarship Program, in collaboration with INGUAT and Intecap. This proposal consists of offering academic training to young alumni through a cooperation agreement between INGUAT and Intecap with which young people will be able to apply for ...
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Frequently Asked Questions: Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

September 5, 2017 The following are frequently asked questions on the September 5, 2017 Rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. Q1: Why is DHS phasing out the DACA program? A1: Taking into consideration the federal court rulings in ongoing litigation, and the September 4, 2017 letter from the Attorney General, it ...
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Closing ceremony of the Dream Builder program for Guatemalan women entrepreneurs

The closing of the Dream Builder program was carried out at the Impact Hub in Antigua Guatemala with a fair where products and services were presented by 24 entrepreneurs from different departments of Guatemala. Ana María Vásquez, a former internship with the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, Ana María Vásquez, worked for 12 weeks ...
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Association of Access alumi in Cobán are an example of importance of investing in education

We visited the projects of the Association of Young Alumni of the U.S. Department of State (AJEDE) in Cobán, Alta Verapaz. An educational project management workshop was conducted by the association’s committee to empower its members to lead projects planned in 2018, which include BEAR (Basic English for Access Recruitment), the English Access Microscholarship and SEAL (Service Learning, ...
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The Joint Task Force-Bravo received 30 firefighters from Central America and Panama

The Joint Task Force-Bravo received 30 firefighters from Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua at Soto Cano Air Base, from August 21 to 25 for the Central America exercise “Sharing Knowledge and Multiple Operational Experiences” (CENTAM). Central American firefighters had the opportunity to train with their counterparts at 612 Air Squadron, preparing ...
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Inauguration of the Xinca Task Force

The inauguration of the Xinca Task Force was held in Jutiapa. The event was chaired by Minister Francisco Rivas of the Guatemalan Ministry of Governance, Minister Williams Mansilla of Guatemala’s Ministry of Defense, and Arkansas National Guard Commander, Major-General Mark Berry. The activity was also the framework for the graduation of agents who received training ...
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Presentation of USAID’s STEAM Truck Mobile Laboratory Project

A mobile laboratory project called “STEAM Truck”, a truck specialized in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Art and Mathematics) was presented at USAID Guatemala’s facilities. The project proposes a mechanism to increase the interest of students in these disciplines and increase the number of degrees in higher education in those branches, ...
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Former YLAI fellow organizes conference on the inclusion of people with disabilities in hotels and restaurants

As part of the initiatives to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, the “Heart of Service” conference was attended by representatives of Guatemala’s hotel and restaurant sector. The workshop was organized by Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – YLAI alumni Paola Alvarado after seeing similar initiatives in the United States. This event addressed different ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert (U.S State Department Spokesperson)

August 27, 2017 President Morales’ Decision to Expel CICIG Commissioner Ivan Velásquez from Guatemala We are deeply concerned by Guatemalan President Morales’ announcement of his decision to bar the United Nation’s International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) Commissioner Ivan Velásquez from the country. Mr. Velásquez has been an effective leader of CICIG in its ...
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Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the 2017 VisitUSA Summit

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the VisitUSA Summit to promote tourism and travel to the United States. The event was developed through several days that combined business meetings, seminars and workshops that spoke about the novelties that invite to acquire different services or visit particular destinations of that country. The Ambassador had the opportunity to ...
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Remarks by the Vice President on Latin America

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Miami, Florida THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Governor Scott, Senator Rubio, Congressman Diaz-Balart, thank you for those stirring words.  These are three great leaders and three great champions of freedom.  (Applause.) To Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez, Mayor Bermudez, distinguished guests, it is my great honor to join you here today in ...
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Last weekend, 150 girls and young women graduated from the “Círculo de Niñas”

Last weekend, 150 girls and young women graduated from the “Círculo de Niñas” program developed by Vital Voices Guatemala in the department of El Quiché, in the villages of Los Angeles, Chacalté and Xix. During one year, the participants received training in topics of entrepreneurship, financial education, nutrition, health, human rights, and violence prevention. The ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission and INL Director met with President of Judicial Branch of Guatemala

Deputy Chief of Mission David Hodge and Hugo Guevara, Director of U.S. Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) in Guatemala, met with the President of the Supreme Court of Justice and the Judicial Branch, Nery Medina. This visit ratifies the continued support of the United States for transparent justice, which responds to the good governance and ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence to the Argentine and Latin American Business Community

La Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Thank you, Chargé Cooney, Minister Faurie, Hector Orlando, elected officials, distinguished leaders in the business community, and honored guests.  It is my great honor — and a great honor to my wife and I — to be here today at the Buenos ...
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Janine Sparza: The Importance of Sports and Education (Sports Diplomacy)

U.S. coach Janine Szpara visited Quiché as part of the sports camp organized in collaboration with Sports Diplomacy of the U.S. Department of State. Janine shares in the following video, how sports complements education and the importance of providing comprehensive sports training for girls, so that they have greater chances of success and better preparation ...
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We work together with Starfish Association

We work together with Starfish Association, which promotes the potential of young women in rural areas of Guatemala for social change, with the inauguration of an initiative developed so that the girls in Sololá strengthen their skills with English, governance, and citizen action classes, in order to empower them to be able to take advantage ...
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Recent inauguration at the UVG Altiplano, the SEAL Entrepreneurship Program

We recently inaugurated, in collaboration with the Universidad del Valle Guatemala Altiplano, the SEAL Entrepreneurship Program. This initiative will offer support to the alumni of the Access Microscholarship program in Sololá to develop their own business ideas. We work with young people to use English as an entrepreneurship tool and we support them to make ...
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Sports Diplomacy held football clinics in the department of Quiché

With the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy, more than 200 young people from the department of Quiché were able to participate in the Sports Clinics with U.S. soccer coaches Janine Szpara and Nick Garcia. Through theoretical and practical sessions, Janine and Nick instilled themes of teamwork, competitiveness, and gender equity, using sports ...
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Physical Education Teachers in El Quiché are given sports workshops by Sports Diplomacy

Through U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy, U.S. soccer coaches Janine Szpara and Nick Garcia conducted a workshop with more than 90 Physical Education teachers from public schools in the Quiché department, introducing them to new teaching methods and reinforcing the practice of the Olympic values, with the support from representatives of the Guatemalan Olympic ...
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Food Export Mission in Guatemala

Ambassador Todd Robinson hosted eight representatives of different U.S. companies visiting Guatemala as part of the trade mission organized by the Food Export Association, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the intention of bringing together local entrepreneurs and establishing business relationships, as part of promoting SaborUSA products. The visit also seeks to ...
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Ambassador visits “Conversa 17” forum organized by former YLAI fellow

Ambassador Todd Robinson attended the forum for social design, marketing and social projects entitled “Conversa 17” in La Erre. The event was an initiative to promote social entrepreneurship in Guatemala and was organized by Diego Olivero, who is a former YLAI – Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative of the US Department of State – ...
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Access Camp in Huehuetenango

The Access English Microscholarship Coordinator organized a camp for the students of the department of Huehuetenango, focusing mainly on community service through which they perform volunteering and social service actions, to offer attention to the challenges in their community. The students carry out their service with the Salvation Foundation and the Shelter of Elders Amparo ...
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Senate confirmation hearing on the nomination of Luis Arreaga to be the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala

Luis Arreaga presented his testimony to the United States Senate as part of the process to be considered as the future United States Ambassador to Guatemala. Arreaga ratified before the Senate that if confirmed, he will continue the support of the United States to CICIG – International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala – in the ...
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1st Ibero-American Symposium on Environment, Civil Aviation and Climate Change

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the inauguration of the 1st Ibero-American Symposium on Environment, Civil Aviation and Climate Change: Flying towards Sustainability. In Montreal, during the 39th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly in September last year, Guatemala, Spain and the United States signed a trilateral partnership agreement: “Alliance for Sustainable Aviation” (ALAS), which will ...
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Ambassador Robinson participates in presentation of Convention 169

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the presentation of Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization. This agreement contributes to Guatemala’s prosperity and governance by fostering dialogue, respect, and mutual understanding between different sectors. Indigenous peoples and the private sector should work together with the Government of Guatemala as a facilitator.
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INL Showcases Anti-Gang Efforts in Central America at United Nations

Across the United States and in many countries, criminal gangs are a growing threat to the safety and prosperity of communities. President Trump has issued an executive order to strengthen efforts across the interagency to combat transnational criminal organizations, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has identified transnational gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha (also known as ...
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Graduation of DISETUR Agents supported by Access ex-grantees

Former students of the Access Microscholarship Program have worked for three years to support the professionalization of National Civil Police officers who are part of DISETUR with English classes to strengthen their service to tourism in Guatemala. This year, a group of 120 agents from Sololá, Quetzaltenango, Cobán, Esquipulas and the Capital City graduated from ...
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4th of July Celebration

Ambassador Todd Robinson led the celebration of United States Independence Day. The celebration began with a unique New York-style proposal, in which Ambassador Robinson, Deputy Chief of Mission Charisse Phillips and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Ana María Diéguez, approached the stage by simulating A trip in the famous yellow cabs. This year ...
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Secretary John F. Kelly Announces New Aviation Security Enhancements

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly will announce enhanced security screening measures for all commercial flights to the United States. These measures, both seen and unseen, include enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices as well as heightened security standards for aircraft and airports. These measures will affect both foreign and domestic ...
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2017 – Official Reports

International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 – Guatemala Section (PDF – 34KB) Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2017 – Guatemala Section (PDF – 161KB) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report 2017 — Complete Report (PDF – 10.6 MB) Trafficking in Persons Report 2017 — Guatemala Page 37 (PDF – 70.4 KB),  Page 38 (PDF -70.4 KB),  Page 39 (PDF -70.4 KB)
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Cocomama group develops musical workshop in Cobán

Children and young people from different communities in Cobán, including music students from Carchá, had the opportunity to strengthen their artistic skills and deepen their knowledge about Jazz culture through the workshops offered by the gourp Cocomama & Friends, visiting Guatemala through the Office of Public Affairs from the U.S. Embassy. The different workshops also ...
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Access Camp 2017

The English Access Microscholarship Camp 2017 brought together young representatives from Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Sololá, Guatemala, Cobán, and Esquipulas to continue developing their English language skills through activities in which they get to know more about their country and culture, increase their ability to participate successfully in the socioeconomic development of their country, and gain the ...
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EducationUSA briefing on university studies in the United States

Several young people and parents visited the  EducationUSA offices this week to get information on how to study in the United States. Our educational adviser shared information about the accredited institutions, as well as the financial aid and the lectures offered online to support students, admission processes, visa procedures, and explain the advantages of doing this ...
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Commemoration of Pride Month at the Embassy

In commemoration of Pride Month, Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission Charisse Phillips participated in a celebration to promote equality and promote action against violence and discrimination towards the LGBTI community. The event was attended by human rights defenders in the country and representatives of LGBTI rights organizations, delegates from different institutions of the ...
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Ambassador Robinson reaffirms to the press the results of the Conference for Security and Prosperity of Central America

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission Charisse Phillips participated in a meeting with journalists representing different media outlets to discuss the Security and Prosperity Conference (CentAm2017) in Miami, Florida. As stated by the White House at the close of the first day of the conference, the Ambassador emphasized the continued support of the ...
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Medical Assistance offered in Petén with the support of the U.S. Military Group

The Military Group of the United States Embassy in Guatemala, in collaboration with the Special Jungle Operations Brigade, the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, the Secretariat of Social Works of the President’s Wife (SOSEP) and the municipality of La Libertad, Petén, offered medical assistance and crucial services to more than 900 Guatemalans living in ...
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Readout of the Vice President Pence’s Meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2017 The Vice President met with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in Miami, Florida at the inaugural Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America. On behalf of President Trump, the Vice President recognized Guatemala for its strong commitment to the Alliance for ...
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White House Statement on the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2017 Statement on the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America and the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States President Donald J. Trump commends Mexico for its leadership in co-convening the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central ...
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Address by Vice President Mike Pence at the Conference on Prosperity and Security

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  And thank you all, I’m truly honored to be with you at this important gathering. But before I begin, allow me to address the attack that took place yesterday in our Nation’s Capital. President Trump and I were deeply saddened when we were informed yesterday morning that a ...
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Address by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Conference on Prosperity and Security

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you, Jorge, for that most kind introduction, and also in particular, I want to thank Florida International University for providing their campus and the host site for this conference, which we have been planning for some time and very excited to get it underway. I also want to thank Foreign Secretary ...
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Lynne Walker offers workshops on investigative journalism in Quetzaltenango

The award-winning American journalist Lynne Walker is in Guatemala to share her experiences and transmit modern journalism techniques. She held a workshop at the Rafael Landivar University, Quetzaltenango, where he addressed local journalists, as well as San Marcos and Huehuetenango. Lynne Walker focuses on investigative journalism to strengthen the preparation of these professionals and to contribute ...
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Ambassador meets with indigenous youth from USAID Internship Program

The USAID Guatemala Internship Program seeks to cultivate leadership and increase opportunities for indigenous youth with social commitment, willing to create prosperity for themselves and their communities. The United States responds to the commitment to support to strengthen the formation of leaders in Guatemala with programs like this one, in which we also find the ...
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Ambassador Robinson presents U.S. tribute to Dr. Mejia’s Family

Ambassador Todd Robinson visited the Clinic of Infectious Diseases at Hospital Roosevelt as part of the United States’ recognition of the valuable legacy of Dr. Carlos Mejía Villatoro. He took the opportunity to thank the cooperation Dr. Mejia offered to the United States Government agencies of CDC and USAID Guatemala, and their implementing partners in the ...
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Ambassador Robinson meets with Global Shapers from Guatemala

Ambassador Todd Robinson met with members of Global Shapers Guatemala City, an initiative of the World Economic Forum based in different cities around the world, which seeks to promote positive changes of high impact in Guatemala and inspire transformation, with the active participation of young leaders. Global Shapers are young enthusiasts who work in different ...
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The Dreambuilders program offers training for women entrepreneurs

The U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the YLAI alumni network and BPeace initiated the Dreambuilders program to provide training to 30 women entrepreneurs to provide them with tools to create greater opportunities for them and their communities to thrive. The program consists of a 13-week course in which they will learn fundamental concepts of entrepreneurship. ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission participated in the presentation of Magazine about Kaminaljuyu

Deputy Chief of Mission Charisse Phillips participated in the presentation of theGallery Guatemala Magazine by G&T Foundation, which pays tribute to the National Park Kaminaljuyú and its great contributions towards the enrichment of the ancestral memory of the Mayan culture in Guatemala. We congratulate Dr. Bárbara Arroyo for her continued achievements towards the protection and conservation of the ...
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Guatemalan National Civil Police officers graduate from S.W.A.T.

20 agents of the National Civil Police of Guatemala and 10 agents of the National Police of Honduras graduated from the course on Special Weapons And Tactics S.W.A.T. Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antinarcotics Affairs, Luis Arreaga, participated in the graduation ceremony with the President of ...
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Embassy supports “Rights Now!” training for people with disabilities

As part of our commitment to support initiatives that foster social inclusion and promote respect for the rights of all, the U.S. Embassy participated in the Rights Now! training project. This initiative was carried out together with Colectivo Vida Independiente de Guatemala, an NGO that defends and promotes the rights of people with disabilities. “Rights ...
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Inauguration of Welcome Hall for Returned Migrant Children

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated alongside the First Lady of Guatemala, Patricia de Morales, and the Representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Jorge Peraza, at the inauguration of the Welcome Hall at La Aurora International Airport, to receive Returned Migrant Children and their families. Ambassador Robinson congratulated the First Lady on her leadership in ...
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Inauguration of Model Police Precint in San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán

INL/WHP Office Director Rich Glenn participated with the Governor of El Progreso, Gustavo Sosa, and the Mayor of the Municipality of San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán, Jeaneth Ordóñez, among other representatives of the Government of Guatemala and the PNC of Guatemala, at the inauguration of the Model Police Precint in San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán. TheModel Police Precint responds to ...
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“Sabor USA” promotes U.S. food products

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, participated in the “Sabor USA” exhibition that brought together a number of leading United States food products as part of an agricultural and commercial promotion in the country. Both U.S. officials led the delegation that toured the different stands, which featured recipes prepared by renowned Guatemalan ...
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Visit to El Mirador

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, visited several archaeological sites in El Petén, including El Mirador, as part of their interest in highlighting the importance of protecting Cultural Heritage. Cultural heritage is an evocation of history that transmits wisdom, identity, pride and great value to humanity, so we all have a responsibility ...
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Access Alumni offer Ambassador a tour of the island of Flores, Petén

Ambassador Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, met with alumni from the Access Microscholarship program and members of the U.S. Department of State’s Alumni Association AJEDE for a tour of the island of Flores, Petén. The youth accompanied both U.S. officials to visit several of the area’s most prominent sites. With great interest and special ...
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Visit to Special Jungle Operations Brigade BEOS

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, made a visit to the Special Jungle Operations Brigade BEOS in Petén to reiterate U.S. support for security efforts in the northern region of the country. The U.S. Department of Defense Provides equipment and training for the creation of the Balám Joint Task Force and ...
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Inauguration of Model Police Precint in La Libertad, Petén

Ambassador Todd Robinson and Deputy Chief of Mission, Charisse Phillips, participated in the inauguration of the Model Police Precint in the Municipality of La Libertad, El Petén. This initiative is supported by the United States Government through the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT to contribute to Citizen Security ...
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Ambassador Robinson participates in swearing-in ceremony of Peace Corps. volunteers

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the swearing-in ceremony of 18 new volunteers from Peace Corps Guatemala, who will work to support maternal and child health issues in different communities throughout the country. The new group joined the ranks of more than 5,000 volunteers who have served in this country since 1963, who will certainly perform ...
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INL supports the forensic computer laboratory at INACIF

The Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intl. Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) GT, Theresa Meyer, participated in a donation ceremony of hardware and software to support the forensic and computer laboratory at the National Institute of Forensic Sciences of Guatemala (INACIF). The equipment will be used to extract information from electronic media ...
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Webchat: “Rights of People with Disabilities: Extending Opportunities”

The Public Affairs Section, with the support of Conadi Guatemala, invited representatives of institutions of the Government of Guatemala and the international community to participate in the webchat titled “Rights of People with Disabilities: Extending Opportunities” organized by Share America. The discussion focused on the importance of laws and education to promote the rights of ...
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U.S. Lamb Meat Market Resumes in Guatemala

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in the reception offered by USDA Guatemala and USMEF to officially resume the U.S. Lamb Meat Market in Guatemala. Agricultural Counselor Todd Drennan welcomed guests to the event by highlighting USDA’s ongoing efforts to maintain constant communication with the Government of Guatemala to foster trade relations between both countries. Guatemala strengthens ...
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GLOBE Program trains Guatemalan teachers of public schools

Representatives of the GLOBE Program from Argentina and Costa Rica visited Guatemala to train more than 20 public school teachers from all departments of the country. Teachers acquired tools to replicate the training in their communities and how to run the program. GLOBE is an initiative that provides techniques to apply the scientific method to environmental issues. ...
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Temporary Changes to ACS Services

Due to necessary renovation and outreach trips to different cities around Guatemala, routine ACS services will be unavailable from April 24-28. We will still deliver passports in our regular schedule and attend to emergency cases. If you have an emergency please contact us (502)2326-4000 and the operator will address your phone call, accordingly. Pending cases: ...
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Reminder – Upcoming Town Halls, Passport Renewal and Notarial Services

The following message (PDF – 56Kb) is a friendly reminder for U.S. citizens regarding upcoming events at several locations throughout Guatemala. Please share the following information with other U.S. citizens to ensure maximum participation. We hope to have this message disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community. Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via e-mail ( amcitsguatemala@state.gov ...
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INL signs Memorandum of Understanding with Guatemalan Mayors

The Director of the U.S. Embassy’s Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL), Virginia Staab, participated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with mayors of 19 municipalities in Guatemala for the implementation of the Model Police Stations program, as a respond to the commitment of the U.S. Government to help strengthen citizen security in the region.
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Teaching Training Session (TTS) held in Guatemala

The second edition of the annual English Teachers Training Session (TTS) was held in the eastern part of Guatemala. More than 250 teachers gathered at CUNORI Centro Universitario de Oriente – Chiquimula to participate in a workshop, focused on strengthening the methodology of teaching the language and the psychology of the learning process. This training ...
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Access Alumni commemorate Women’s History Month through reading

As part of our activities in commemoration of Women’s History Month, we encourage you to read the book “Half The Sky” with young ex-students from the English Access Program in Quetzaltenango, Cobán, and Esquipulas. Beyond strengthening their reading skills in English, the young people analyzed the work that exposes actual and current stories of mistreatment ...
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Film-forum to promote the importance of Gender Equality

As part of the commemoration of Women’s History Month, the Office of Public Affairs of the United States Embassy in Guatemala held a series of film-forums for the movie “Suffragettes” in Huehuetenango, Santa Cruz del Quiché, Chichicastenango , Sololá, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala City, Cobán, Chiquimula, and Esquipulas. More than 500 young people, women and men of ...
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Binational security agencies participate in U.S. Embassy event

Ambassador Todd Robinson participated in a meeting organized by the U.S. Embassy Guatemala to recognize the joint work of the United States federal investigative and security agencies with the Guatemalan security and justice institutions. The meeting highlighted the commitment of the United States to support the efforts of the Government of Guatemala to strengthen citizen security. ...
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Upcoming Town Halls, Passport Renewal and Notarial Services

The following message (PDF – 57Kb) provides information for U.S. citizens regarding upcoming events at several locations throughout Guatemala. Please share the following information with other U.S. citizens to ensure maximum participation. We hope to have this message disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community. Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via e-mail ( amcitsguatemala@state.gov ), fax ...
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Guatemalan representatives visit the LAPD to learn about gang-prevention

Guatemala’s Minister of the Interior, Francisco Rivas, and the Guatemalan Police Director, Nery Ramos, led a Guatemalan delegation that traveled the United States for the purpose of conducting a visit to the Los Angeles Police Department and learn about the strategies they use to address the issue of gangs. The delegation also had the opportunity ...
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Documents – Mailing Service

You no longer have to come back to the U.S. Embassy to pick up your new passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad! In order to serve you better, the American Citizens Services Unit has introduced a delivery service for receiving your new documents (Passports, CRBAs, Social Security Cards, Passport Cards) after you complete your ...
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Antigua Events on Thursday, March 30

The following message (PDF – 71Kb)  provides information for U.S. citizens regarding the upcoming events in Antigua. Please share the following information with other U.S. citizens to ensure maximum participation. We hope to have this message disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community. Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via e-mail (amcitsguatemala@state.gov), fax (2331-3804), or telephone ...
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Embassy Lifts Restrictions on Mission Employees

The U.S. Embassy has determined that there are no Government of Guatemala facilities that are currently off limits to U.S. mission employees. Embassy employees still require approval to visit prisons and courts. This updates our Security Message of February 24, 2017. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel ...
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Demonstrations Scheduled for Tuesday, March 7

The Embassy will suspend regular consular operations on the morning of March 7, 2017 until at least 10:00 a.m. due to heavy traffic caused by expected demonstrations. U.S. citizens who require emergency services should call 2326-4000. Demonstrations are expected to start at 07:00 at the following locations: El Obelisco – Avenida La Reforma Calzada Aguilar ...
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Roxana Baldetti and Mauricio López Bonilla indicted in US Court

On February 22, 2017, Ingrid Roxana Baldetti Elías and Héctor Mauricio López Bonilla were separately indicted in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, each on the criminal charge of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, intending and knowing that the cocaine will be unlawfully imported into the United ...
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Possible Threat of Increased Gang Violence

The U.S. Embassy notes that multiple Guatemalan media sources are reporting a possible threat of increased gang violence against several Government of Guatemala institutions. Embassy employees have been instructed that the following locations are off limits to all Mission Personnel until further notice: -National Police (PNC) Headquarters -Torre de Tribunales -Court facilities in Villa Nueva ...
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Voting Information

The following message provides information for U.S. Citizens regarding Voting information. Please share the following information with any other U.S. citizens you know so that this message is disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community. Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via e-mail (amcitsguatemala@state.gov), fax (2331-3804), or telephone (2326-4000) if you ...
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Details of Town Hall Meeting in Guatemala City on Thursday, February 2

The following message (PDF – 41Kb) provides information for U.S. citizens regarding the upcoming Town Hall Meeting for Guatemala City. Please share the following information with any other U.S. citizens you know to ensure maximum participation. We hope to have this message disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community. Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via ...
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2016 – Official Reports

Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – Guatemala Section (01/22/2017) Trafficking in Persons Report for 2016 – Guatemala Section (07/19/16) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016  (03/03/2017) Guatemala: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 (03/03/2017) International Religious Freedom Report for 2016 (08/15/2017) Guatemala: International Religious Freedom Report for 2016 (08/15/2017)
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Postponement of Town Hall Meeting in Guatemala City on Thursday, February 2

The Town Hall Meeting planned for U.S. citizens in Guatemala City on February 2 has been postponed. We will contact the U.S. citizen community as soon as it is rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience and continue to be available for all routine and emergency services. For further information: See the Department of State’s travel ...
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Call to Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program to support entrepreneurs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean Program signifies important step in White House’s commitment to an entrepreneurship network in the Americas Entrepreneurs! We are looking for you! The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. ...
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2013 – Official Reports

International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 – Guatemala Section (07/28/14) International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 – Executive Summary (07/28/14) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 – Guatemala Section (02/27/14) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 – Preface  (02/27/14) Trafficking in Persons Report for 2013 – Guatemala Section (06/19/13) Trafficking in Persons Report for 2013 – Introduction (06/19/13) Treasury Designates Guatemalan Trafficker Allied with Los Zetas (08/20/13) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2013 – Guatemala Section for Drug and Chemical Control (03/05/13) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2013 – Guatemala Section for Money Laundering and Financial Crimes (03/05/13) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2013 (03/05/13)
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2012 – Official Reports

International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 – Guatemala Section (05/20/13) International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 – Executive Summary (05/20/13) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012 – Guatemala Section (04/19/13) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012 – Preface  (04/19/13) Trafficking in Persons Report for 2012 – Guatemala Section (06/19/12) Trafficking in Persons Report for 2012 – Introduction (06/19/12) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2012 – Guatemala Section for Drug and Chemical Control (03/07/12) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2012 – Guatemala Section for Money Laundering and Financial Crimes (03/07/12) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2012 (03/07/12)
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2011 – Official Reports

International Religious Freedom Report for 2011 – Guatemala Section (07/30/12) International Religious Freedom Report for 2011 – Executive Summary (07/30/12) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 – Guatemala Section (05/24/12) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 – Preface  (05/24/12) Trafficking in Persons Report for 2011 – Guatemala Section (06/27/11) Trafficking in Persons Report for 2011 – Introduction (06/27/11) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2011 – Guatemala Section for Drug and Chemical Control (03/03/11) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2011 – Guatemala Section for Money Laundering and Financial Crimes (03/03/11) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2011 (03/03/11)
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2010 – Official Reports

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2010 – Guatemala Section (04/08/11) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2010 – Preface  (04/08/11) International Religious Freedom Report for 2010 – Guatemala Section (11/17/10) International Religious Freedom Report for 2010 – Preface (11/17/10) Trafficking in Persons Report for 2010 – Guatemala Section (06/14/10) Trafficking in Persons Report for 2010 – Introduction (06/14/10) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2010 – Guatemala Section for Drug and Chemical Control (03/01/10) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2010 – Guatemala Section for Money Laundering and Financial Crimes (03/01/10) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2010 (03/01/10)
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2009 – Official Reports

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2009 – Guatemala Section (03/11/10) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2009 – Preface  (03/11/10) Trafficking in Persons Report for 2009 – Guatemala Section (06/16/09) Trafficking in Persons Report for 2009 – Introduction (06/16/09) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2009 – Guatemala Section for Drug and Chemical Control (02/27/09) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2009 – Guatemala Section for Money Laundering and Financial Crimes (02/27/09) State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2009 (02/27/09)
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